LibriVox recording of The Hunting of the Snark (Version 3) by Lewis Carroll. Read in English by Phil Chenevert
The Hunting of the Snark - "An Agony in 8 Fits" is typically categorized as a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll, the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Written from 1874 to 1876, the poem borrows the setting, some creatures, and eight portmanteau words from Carroll's earlier poem "Jabberwocky" in his children's novel Through the Looking Glass. Carroll often denied knowing the meaning behind the poem; however, in an 1896 reply to one letter, he agreed with one interpretation of the poem as an allegory for the search for happiness. Scholars have found various meanings in the poem, among them existential angst, an allegory for tuberculosis, and a mockery of the Tichborne case. I just found it to be great fun to read. (Phil Chenevert)
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※ "The Beagle Laid Ashore" based on a drawing (1834-04-16) by Conrad Martens, etching published in: Francis Darwin, "Life and Letters of Charles Darwin" , p. 160, 1888.
Conrad Martens’ drawing has been engraved by T. Landseer and published in the year 1838 by H. Colburn in The Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of HMS Adventure and Beagle.
※ The Banker “supported” by the Bellman and the Beaver carrying a microscope depicted in illustrations by H. Holiday to Lewis Carroll’s "The Hunting of the Snark", 1876